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saudi arabia? could an abundance of shale oil in the u.s. actually bring about energy independence by the year 2020? we drill for the truth straight ahead. and how rich is rich? the president wants higher taxes for americans earning more than $250,000 a year. is that fair? or should that number actually be $1 million? and could this be the key to resolving the looming fiscal cliff? that and a lot more is still to come on the "closing bell." >>> if a budget is not agreed upon to avoid the fiscal cliff, the average middle class family will pay $2,000 more in taxes. >> that's right. crunch time is upon us. the markets and economy will be held hostage until lawmakers do reach a deal on the fiscal cliff, presumably between now and the end of the year. >> eamon javers is breaking down the plan. over to you. >> just before the break, you and bill were debating whether or not it's too early to start getting sweaty palms about in fiscal cliff problem in washington. as a guy covering capitol hill for almost 20 years, i can tell you it's never too early to panic about what washington might do
.s. manufacturing driven by very low energy prices. we're self-sufficient energy for the first time in years. another company like ppg, they really own the coatings business, about 70% of revenues from coatings, they're growing 4% to 6% organically and end the year with $2.5 billion in cash. they just sold their business, another $1 billion, that $3.5 billion in cash, 60% go to grow the business, 40% return to shareholders. you've got 5%, 6% top line, 10%, 12% net income growth with stock buy back and dividend going up 15% a year. you get 2% while you wait. if things -- if we don't do it on a fiscal cliff and things get worse, not going to get hurt. >> where did you buy comcast? >> comcast we've owned for a couple of years. that's another one that has morphed into a return of capital story. when we bought it just superior business model in a tough environment. if things get better, great, employment improves, we're going to have more hook-ups, housing improves, more connections, great growth story. if things don't get better, we're trying to protect for the downside and keep that optionalty
of education, energy, homeland security, interior, justice, state. in fact, it's more than we spend at all of them combined. maria, if we do nothing, by the year 2020, we'll be spending over $1 trillion a year on interest cost alone. that's $1 trillion we can't spend in this country to educate our kids or to rebuild our infrastructure or to do high-valuated research. unfortunately, it is $1 trillion that's going to be spent in those countries we're borrowing from. we'll be building the infrastructure in asia. we'll be educating those kids over there. it means we'll be building their universities so the research is done over there so the next new thing is created over there so the jobs of the future are there, not here. that's crazy. >> i think i know the answer to this next question, but i mean, what is a better outcome for the long-term fiscal health of the country? kicking the can down the road or leaving the status quo on spending and taxes or going over the fiscal cliff? i mean, do we need to go over the fiscal cliff with the four spending cuts and tax hikes to get things moving? >> th
. the sectors, very much the risk-on sectors are the ones suffering the most. so energy, materials, technology, financials, are the ones you're going to see them sell if they expect the fiscal cliff negotiations to drag on here. what's the message for the market right now? you ready buy yet on this market? >> michael shay is not ready to buy yet. however, i'll tell you it was nice to see that short-term bottom today prior to the white house press conference. it's not as though a whole lot changed. it's been the same message we've got all week. but we got the message in a different setting. we got it at the white house, and we got it after they had met. >> is any deal satisfactory for the market? just get a deal so we get some clarity of how much we're going to pay in taxes, whether it's capital gains or income or whatever it is. any deal. >> no, i don't think any deal. to me, there has to be a deal that actually finally makes sense. >> gary? >> you want to buy some drug stocks. they were not in the group that it lost, as you just -- >> health care was damaged less this week. everybody was down
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